Mandelbrot Fractal

I was inspired by a My Favorite presentation from a student on the Mandelbrot fractal. I played around for a half hour at school without a ton of success, but I sorted out the sticking points on the way home, and finished it up tonight. Amazingly simple (the code may not look simple, but it’s […]

Chaos Game v2

I prepared a small demonstration of the Chaos game for some math teachers. First we used transparencies, markers, dice, and rulers, but humans are mistake-prone and slow. To The Computer! I decided to experiment with the rules of the game to see where it’d go. Human Error What happens when you bring in a random amount […]

Buffon’s Needles simulation in Processing

Buffon’s Needle is a famous way to (slowly) estimate . Here’s a processing.org program to calculate (to keep the math-hipster hatred of -day at a critical point and concave up). Link to live simulation and code. All variables are easy to change, size of window, length of needle, spacing of lines, etc. Neat program to write. […]

Power Series on Desmos

This is a crosspost from my Photo 180 blog. Power Series work in AP Calculus BC. Process: Since it’s a infinite series, look at partial sums to get an idea what this graph looks like. So look at … Perfect time to use technology. Texas Instruments Method Go to y1. Enter in . Graph. Wait […]